December 7, 2018
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I cannot believe that we are almost to the winter break! Please remember that on Friday December 21st there will be no school for students. This will be a teacher planning day. The Cory staff will be busy reflecting on the first half of the year, celebrating successes and working on next steps as well as planning for the year to come.
One of our celebrations as a school is grounded in the work we have done on mathematics instruction. This past week, several teachers spent two days at a Minds on Math Institute hosted by the Public Education and Business Coalition. Last year we sent a team of lead teachers to this conference. The learning from this conference inspired and shaped our math professional learning last year. This year we are working on deepening and extending that work. The focus of the conference, and of our work this year in mathematics, is grounded in several areas including how to facilitate classroom discourse that promotes thinking and understanding, experiencing challenging mathematical problem solving in a collaborative context that teachers can replicate for students, developing skills for differentiating and engaging all learners in purposeful and meaningful work as independent thinkers and mathematicians, as well as supporting teachers in learning how to foster student independence by scaffolding their authentic use of thinking strategies as mathematicians.
We have seen this work translate into increased engagement in mathematics as well as increased growth in student performance and mathematical thinking across the school.
In other news, a huge thank you to the PTA for scheduling two guest speakers this month who spoke on two topics of interest here at Cory. Christmas Gainsbrugh from Big As Life Music presented on an opportunity for a Cory Band Program for 4th/5th Graders. The Cory PTA also hosted DCTA Rep Alex Howe to answer questions on the Denver Public School’s teacher salary negotiations.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for all you do for our school community.
CORY ART WALK AND WINTER CONCERT
Cory’s Winter Concert and Art Walk presented by 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will be held on Thursday, December 13th starting at 5:00pm and will be filled with night-time sights and sounds to reflect our theme: “A Little Night Music”. Students, family, friends and community members are invited to start at Cory and enjoy night-themed student art as they walk over to Merrill Middle School for the concert which will begin at 6:00pm.
As a reminder, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students should be at Merrill Middle School’s auditorium no later than 5:45pm to find their class and be ready to perform. Students have a choice of wearing black, white, silver or gold. No t-shirts with graphics and no jeans please. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Henry via email or ClassDojo. Hope to see you there!
HELP NEEDED – ART WALK AND WINTER CONCERT
The Art Walk and Winter Concert is upon us. We are looking forward to seeing our students art and musical performance on Thursday Dec 13th at 5pm. Please sign up to help with the asks in the attached sign up genius if you are able.
CORY SCIENCE FAIR
Cory Science Fair is January 31st.
In Class Presentations, will take place between January 24th and January 30th.
The same rubric will be used by the school wide judges and the district fair judges. This will allow children to make modifications to projects based on teacher and judge feedback prior to the district science fair.
Return the contract, which is really an intent to participate form, to your child’s teacher or email to request more information. Your child will then bring home guidelines and a rubric to help you complete the project successfully.
Listed below are websites to help generate ideas. Not all ideas on these websites meet the requirements for an inquiry project rather than a science demonstration. Most demonstrations can easily be turned into inquiry projects. Contact your child’s teacher for other idea generating tools and/or websites.
The top 2 finishers from each grade level will be signed up to advance to the district Science Fair on February 9th at DU.
We hope your family will participate in this year’s Science Fair!
PARENT POST TOPICS:
If you have any topics that you would like to be addressed in the parent post, please submit your suggestions here. There is also a suggestion box in the office. We want to be clear and transparent about policies and procedures at Cory. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
ANNUAL HOLIDAY VENDORS FAIR
Tuesday, Dec., 11th 3-5pm. Shop at Cory Elementary School at 1550 S. Steele Street (out in the parking lot and in the school!) 10-20% of SALES GO TO OUR PTA! Shop for gifts, clothing, jewelry, active wear, skin care and creature comforts while supporting Cory! The Street Boutique Fashion Truck, C’est Si Bon Fashion, Georgia Lu, Never a Wallflower, Rodan and Fields, Stella & Dot, Zyia and Moore Comforts are generously donating a portion of their sales to our school! Thank you and see you there!
STOCK THE LOUNGE
Calling all 3rd Grade Families – Stock the Teacher’s Lounge on Wednesday, December 12th!
3rd Graders - please help us keep our teachers fueled up by bringing snacks and drinks to stock the lounge next Wednesday! Bring granola/protein/cereal bars, mini muffins, crackers, cookies, popcorn, beef jerky, individual drinks (sparkling water, iced tea, Izzy’s, etc.), and coffee/tea K-cups, and drop off on WEDNESDAY, December 12, or 8:20 – 8:45 am, at the sofas at the main entrance.
PTA HOLIDAY GIFT
The PTA would like to extend an opportunity for you all to give a gift to our wonderful school staff for the holidays. A holiday gift collection opens today and will run through Friday, December 14th.
There is an envelope in the main office for you to place donations or you can do so electronically through Venmo by following this link.
This collection will provide monetary gifts to the office staff, custodial staff, lunchroom staff, specials teachers and other support staff throughout the building.
Thank you as always for your generosity,
CORY PTA SPONSORSHIP
The Cory PTA is planning to restart a year-long sponsorship program for businesses, specifically those connected to our community, during the 2019 calendar year. Sponsorships provide an opportunity for businesses to express support for public education in general, and the mission of the Cory PTA in particular. Participating businesses will have banners displayed on the school fence on Steele Street, annual auction benefits, and recognition on the school website and social media. Sponsorships of this kind greatly benefit our school and are not unique to Cory; there are many public schools which have similar practices, including (as many of you have likely noticed), Stephen Knight. The Cory PTA Board has thoroughly vetted this with Joan Wieser, the district, and the city. All potential year-long sponsors must be approved by the Cory PTA board and the school administration, and will exclude any organizations that are not in line with Cory’s mission.
This sponsorship program will help the Cory PTA continue its long-standing tradition of supporting our paraprofessional program, specials teachers, technology additions and upgrades, community building events, performance and musical arts experiences, and much more. If you have any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions about restarting a year-long sponsorship program at our school, please reach out to Marti Freeman, VP of Community Outreach at Coryelementarypta@yahoo.com. We will also have an open discussion at our upcoming PTA Meeting on December 7th at 8:45 AM.
MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS: